Lawmaker proposes testing child care center water for lead

Lawmaker proposes testing child care center water for

Lawmaker proposes testing child care center water for lead

TRENTON - A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require child care centers be tested for lead in drinking water.

Democratic Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio introduced the legislation to go along with another proposal to require testing and remediation of lead in all public and private school water supplies.

Muoio's bill comes as schools across the state deal with the problem of lead in drinking water, including more than half of the schools in Newark shutting down water fountains because of high levels caused by old plumbing.

The bill would require child care centers to test and remediate lead in drinking water and disclose the results.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie is also seeking $10 million to pay for lead testing at 3,000 public schools.

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